Took some better pix of this rare transitional girl. She'a WEBLEY (455cf) circa 1884-5. Since I got her I've learned there only two others catalogued. One w/ser. no. In the 1200's and another four digits higher than mine. She has characteristics of Pryse, Wilkinson and WGs. The 'pundits' say her true historical background can't be established till others come to light for comparison. Enjoy her mysterious nature; I do!! 20160206_102910-1.jpg20160206_103115.jpg20160206_103425.jpg20160206_103326.jpg
If you keep this up, the Moderators will have to establish a Webley Area on the forum, after all.
That'll make at least two members happy!
I have a couple of questions-and-observations:
1. I note this pistol's flush-fitted triggerguard, which differs from other "more modern" (Webley? Modern?) versions, which have what can only be called "stuck onto the surface with screws" triggerguards. I find it interesting that Webley & Sons didn't keep the flush-fitted triggerguard design, since it is much more comfortable to the hand of the shooter.
2. I also note the knurled thumb screw on the left side of this pistol's barrel, and I wonder what it's for. Is it a means of removing the gun's cylinder? If one unscrews it, does that free the cylinder to be lifted off of its arbor (assuming an opened action, of course)?
3. Further, I note a very small screw on the left side of the frame, near to, and parallel to, the pistol's barrel-pivot-retention screw. It seems to go all the way through the frame. What's it for?
(While asking those questions in these words, I keep reminding myself of two word-emphasis gags from The Benny Hill Show: "What's that in the road? A head?" and "What is this thing called, love?")
4. I note that you use this pistol, or one very like it, as your avatar on this forum. That leads me to assume that it is "the queen of your collection." Is that true?
Very astute observations Steve! Since this a only 3 of, the 'aberations' such as the trigger guard remain unanswered, one would guess its using mixed left over parts(Pryse, Wilkinson, Kaufman) The knurled knob is indeed he cylinder release, particular to the Webley No.4
Pryse models. The small screw near the hinge is an auxiliary catch for the ejector lever(internal) last used on the 1886 model WG (the gun in my avatar pic). Lastly...yeah she was the "Queen" but there's been some others that are pretenders to the throne!! Ergo! 1905 W&S Target Model and pre-RIC Second Pattern, foliate engraved! Screenshot_2015-08-06-10-44-04-1.jpgScreenshot_2015-12-06-10-23-26-1-1.jpg
I wonder how many of these made it into the old west, or at least into the country during 'old west' times. The Webley is by no means beautiful (to me), but definitely a fine weapon for self defense or military. No doubt, the Schofield was influenced heavily by it, and there seemed to be quite a few of them in circulation.
A ton of Bulldogs made their way out west! Forehand and Wadsworth (Liege Belgium too)copied them and they were a favorite of many a westernly expanding folk because of their size. Most Webs went to Aust., Afr., and India to support her Majesty's colonists, so very few are noted in the Cowboy Days!